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Castles of Mad King Ludwig



Castles of Mad King Ludwig - The King demands that you build an extravagant castle.

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Castles of Mad King Ludwig - The King demands that you build an extravagant castle.

Castles of Mad King Ludwig is a tile-laying game where each player is trying to build the perfect castle, subject to the whims of the King. Each player acts as a building contractor, adding rooms to the castle they are building while selling their services to other players. Points are earned based on how well the castle adheres to the ever-changing demands of the King. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is known for building over-the-top castles. Throughout his reign, he spent all of his personal fortune and a great deal of borrowed money in order to turn his wild and lavish dreams into reality. He was eventually declared insane and deposed, only to die a mysterious death the following day.

Game Play:

In the Castles of Mad King Ludwig, each player starts with a simple foyer. One player takes on the role of the Master Builder, and that player sets prices for a set of rooms that can be purchased by the other players, with him getting to pick from the leftovers after the other players have paid him for their rooms. When a room is added to a castle, the player who built it gains castle points based on the size and type of room constructed, as well as bonus points based on the location of the room. When a room is completed, with all entranceways leading to other rooms in the castle, the player receives one of seven special rewards.

After each purchasing round, a new player becomes the Master Builder who sets prices for a new set of rooms. After several rounds, the game ends, then additional points are awarded for achieving bonus goals, having the most popular rooms, and being the most responsive to the King's demands, which change each game. Whoever ends up with the most castle points wins.

Contents: 75 unique castle rooms, 6 stairs, 9 hallways, 4 foyers, 24 favors, 76 '1000' mark coins, 20 '5000' mark coins, 4 wooden player markers, 1 large wooden master builder token, 4 player aids, 27 bonus cards, 50 room cards, 1 double-sided contract board, 2 room boards, 1 corridor board, 1 score tower, and a six-page rule booklet.


Number of Players 1 to 4
Playing Time 90 minutes
Suggested Ages 13 and up
Demo Available Yes
Mechanics tile placement, auction, bidding, economic, medieval, solo play, Suburbia
Designer Alspach, Ted
Illustrator Ollin Timm & Klemens Franz
Publisher Bezier Games
Year Published 2014
Binding Box
Condition New

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